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Monday, February 2, 2015

February Guest Designer for Sweet Stamps!

Hello friends!  Welcome to February!
I have something really special to share with you today!  I am honored to be a guest designer this month for Sweet Stamps! :)
They have kindly invited me to join them this month for their fun weekly challenges!
So of course I couldn't pass up such an opportunity to work with their fun stamps! :)  Thank you so much to Kendra and the lovely team for having me along with you!!

YOU can play along with the challenges too!  You are not required to use their brand of products, but if you DO use them, be sure to put *SS* after your entry name because you will get a second chance at winning a REALLY fabulous prize from them!
Click the badge below to go straight to their blog where they have plenty of inspiration & challenges:

So for today's new challenge this week, the theme is:
"Love is in the Air!"

Oh yes it is!! :)  February is the month of Valentine's Day, so what better time to get those "love theme" cards that you need to make for YOUR favorite Valentine! :)
Here's what I have created for the challenge using their gorgeous stamps:
When looking at these images, I thought they really looked elegant and romantic.
So I took the I Love You Elegant (932C) sentiment and embossed it with gold embossing powder at the bottom portion of my card.  I've used my heart die cuts to cut a heart shape in the center of the card base and I've also die cut a heart from gold metallic card stock and then punched out a heart from some vellum decorative paper that had gold hearts on it.  I popped the gold hearts with foam tape over the card base.

 I also love playing with those background stamps, so I took their adorable Heart Bitty Background (840C) and embossed it with white embossing powder over watercolor paper.  I then took some distress inks and water to create the colors for the background.  The embossed hearts resisted the ink and water which made the embossed hearts pop out.  I also took some shimmer spray over that.  You can see it better at a certain angle.  This watercolor paper is underneath the die cut heart panel that I popped up over top of it.  I used my corner chomper for the corners and then finished it off with some gold sequins in the middle of the large heart.

This was so fun and I thought it turned out very elegant looking!
I've got another great Valentine's "love" card all done now! :)
So please do hop on over to their challenge blog and check out the wonderful inspiration from the design team and I hope you can play along with us!!

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!!

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HUGS & SMILES
*Vicki*

Here are some challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
1.  Just Inspirational - heat embossing
2.  Cute Card Thursday - Stamping Mad (use a stamp)
3.  Crafts 4 Eternity - no patterned paper
4.  Simply Create Too - Valentine's Day/Hearts
5.  CAS-ual Fridays:

6.  Inkspirational:

6.  Happy Little Stampers - February sketch:

49 comments:

Margreet said...

Congrats on being guestdesigner Vicki...they must be glad with you on board!
Your card is wonderful!
xxx Margreet

Donna K said...

How lucky are we over at Sweet Stamps to have you with us this month, Vicki! You've started out the week with a wonderful card, beautiful golden accents and full of love! Those hearts.... Just beautiful!

Marja B. said...

Lovely card, Vicki! Thanks so much for sharing at Simply Create Too!

Hugs, Marja
Simply Create Too DT

Kylie said...

Brilliant card and would be perfect for the HLS sketch challenge :)

Kim M said...

Gorgeous! I love your distress in background! Great design too. Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

Davi said...

Congrats Vicki!! I love your beautiful card!! The inside heart really pops with the touches of gold :)

Bad Kitty said...

beautiful card

Roxie said...

This is a fabulous Valentine card, the blended colors are wonderful. Nice to have you join us as a SweetStamps designer this month!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is so beautiful, love the color and the shimmer. Great card design.

Becky said...

Congratulations Vicki! This is gorgeous. Love the shades of color.

Shelly said...

Total SWEET card, Vicki! Congrats on being a Guest! :) And Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Chrissy said...

Congratulations on your GDT spot Vicki and a perfect beautiful card to start..fabulous design and simply elegant..

luv CHRISSYxx

Sarah said...

WEll done on your GDT appearance Vicki and what a beautiful card too xx

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Vicki congratulations on your GDT and what a gorgeous card this is it looks very classy and elegant, i am really like the punched aperture with the paper behind it, the little heart offset is perfect. superb make.
husg
lorraine x

Donna Mosley said...

Gorgeous card Vicki, congrats on the GDT too hun.

Donna x

jimlynn said...

So elegant and beautiful with all that gold! LOVE this!!! Great way to off-set the smaller heart too.
BIG congrats on the guest designer spot!!!
Lynn

Sue said...

Congrats on your GDT spot Vicki. Your card is stunning, such a beautiful design and I love the colours.
Hugs Sue xx

Linda . J said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer your deserve it, your creations are beautiful and this one is just gorgeous love the hearts.
Hugs Linda

Pia S said...

Very pretty CAS card, so romantic and I really like the dimension created with cut outs and pop ups. Great card!

Becca Cruger said...

That gold glimmer sets off your rosy heart just fabulously. Congrats on the guest design gig - you deserve it! :)

Tammy said...

Beautiful card and luscious colored background! Someone is going to be very pleased to receive this amazing card!

Donna said...

Congrats on being a guest designer. Love the card. Beautiful background.

NanaConnie said...

This is fantastic, Vicki! Love the hearts, especailly the cut out on the front. Fab dp choice. Congrats on the GDT spot. :-D

Shelly Schmidt said...

Oh- how I love this fab card! Your BG technique is so shimmery and pretty! I love the added sequins. Yiee- so excited to have you join us as the Feb. Guest Designer- awesome!!!

Patti J said...

Woo hoo! Congrats on your GDT spot! Thy re so lucky to have you. Your card is wonderful, Vicki...love it!

aussie aNNie said...

Delightful card with such a beautiful dies used and colours are strikingly gorgeous. Congrats lovely Vicki on your new post..x

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Céline said...

so gorgeous, love the colors inside heart
hugs
céline

Tammy said...

This is gorgeous Vicki!! I love that beautiful heart background and the touches of gold! Congrats on your GDT spot too!
Big hugs, Tammy

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Love all the wonderful detailing and your elegant CAS design. The embossing looks fabulous!

Lola said...

This really is elegant and the inset little hearts with watercolor is gorgeous.

JD/ Jill said...

A pretty and Elegant card!

Sue said...

Wow, Vicki, such a pretty card. The gold and red is so rich looking, perfect for a special Valentine.

Hugs
Sue

Emily Lauritzen said...

Gorgeous!! I love how bright the colors in the heart are! Amazing card!!
<3 Emily L.

LeAnne said...

This is beautiful!

Sandy Fredrick said...

What a wonderful design, I love the little hearts in the big heart and the way you colored the background. Thanks for joining us this month as our guest designer. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next week.

Eesha Kolli said...

I {heart} this card !! I'm glad you joined the fun @ CAS-ual Fridays :-)

Patricia St Martin said...

Congratulations for being the GD. Wonderful card, love how you did the hearts.
Hugs, Pat/♥

Donna said...

This is outstanding! Gorgeous background, and like the overlapping hearts! Congrats on your GD spot!

Jessi Fogan said...

Congrats on the gig! They're lucky to have you :) This card is perfectly elegant - that background makes me happy! Such rich colours!

michele said...

Lovely card :) Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity hugs x

Dee Miranda said...

Such a great card! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

yay! Congrats on being the guest designer this month! I was so happy to see you!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

yay! Congrats on being the guest designer this month! I was so happy to see you!

Asha said...

So simple, yet so striking!
hugs, Asha

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Just perfect Vicki! A winner in my book! Hazel x

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Vicki. Congrats on your GD spot!! :)

LOVE this card. The watercoloured heart aperture is amazing with the embossed little dotty hearts ... so pretty! And paired with the gold, scored and layered heart, this is one elegant and beautiful card. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. xx

Monika Reeck said...

Congrats on being guestdesigner dear Vicki they must be so proud to have you and I love the shading of rose on the big heart and lovely Hear in gold...graet design my dear friend..love this..hugs, Monika

Yvonne Garner said...

Congratulations on being a Guest Designer! A classy card indeed! Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!

Handmade Cards by Archana said...

Absolutely gorgeous design.I simply loved it.Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Friday´s.
Hugs
Archana

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